For Thanksgiving I wanted to share a wonderful excerpt that came to my inbox last week from Kelly Justice, owner of the Fountain Bookstore in Richmond, VA. Her thoughts on being thankful summarize my own so well, thoughts about our writing community here and on my author page at Facebook. I hope it touches you as it touched me.
“I want you to feel safe here. I don’t care how you voted. I only hope you did. I don’t care where you came from. Or what color you are. I’ve certainly never cared about who you’re sleeping with or which bathroom you want to use. It boggles my mind that people do. But that’s just the way it is.
What I do care about is this: you.
I love what we share together: a community over the written word.
I believe that reading and being together over the written word is a great way to reach out to each other. It’s what gets me up every day. Especially on the days when I don’t want to get up….
Whatever we decide to talk about, act on, or broadcast going forward, let’s make a promise to each other to do so with grace.
I am giving thanks for your presence in my life today.”
–Kelly Justice, owner of Fountain Bookstore, Richmond
I hope you find many things to be thankful for this week, whether your gratitude is spurred by national holidays, or just because you know that being grateful makes you happier and healthier and enriches the lives of those around you. I hope you’re with people you love, eating food you love, sharing memories and laughter.
I’ll be in Charlottesville, VA, enjoying autumn as we don’t see it in Florida, playing with grandchildren, roasting a turkey–since that’s been my job since time began–and enjoying a girls day out for pedicures and Mexican food, a tradition that began years ago and shows no sign of abating.
Wherever you are tomorrow, happy Thanksgiving!